A New York federal court on Friday approved a deal in which a whistleblower will get $63.9 million for tips leading to a False Claims Act settlement in which JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to pay $614 million over allegations it defrauded the U.S. government into insuring flawed home loans
The changing patent enforcement landscape makes obtaining a patent with a high enforcement value more difficult. Some recent U.S. International Trade Commission decisions exemplify how changes in the enforceability of certain types of claims can change prosecution claim strategy, say Jameson Ma and Amanda Dittmar of Bookoff McAndrews PLLC.
Despite deepening congressional consensus on sustainable growth rate reform for Medicare Part B, the bipartisan initiative is not accompanied by any strategy for passing it into law. If Congress fails to implement lasting reform, the status quo will have dangerous consequences for American health care while exacerbating Medicare's fiscal insolvency, says Isa Mirza of Foley Hoag LLP.
Diagnosing malignant pleural mesothelioma from cytology alone is extremely difficult for even the most seasoned cytopathologist, yet many participants in the tort system fail to adequately scrutinize such claims, say Edward Casmere and Joshua Lee of Schiff Hardin LLP.
A Florida appeals court recently ruled in Betzoldt v. Auto Club Group Insurance Company that Canadian insurers, despite only insuring Canadians, may still be sued for bad faith in Florida. Florida’s bad faith law is significantly more pro-policyholder than its Canadian equivalent, so insurers should be mindful of how the decision could expose them to bad faith jurisprudence, say attorneys at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.
Creating a written policy and designating a human resources representative to monitor telecommuting employees and unpaid interns are worthwhile efforts to prevent an employment-related lawsuit — and all the bad publicity that comes with one, say attorneys at Porter Hedges LLP.
San Francisco's recently enacted ordinance promoting family-friendly workplace policies has the potential to spur private litigation by employees for wrongful termination based on alleged violations of the law. While the ordinance does not provide a private right of action, foreseeably the plaintiffs bar will attempt to package retaliation claims under it — which may be the most significant, long-term impact of the new law, says Andrew Sommer of Epstein Becker & Green PC.
A group of New York landowners recently filed a petition seeking to compel the state government to issue its final impact statement on the effects of fracking, after more than five years of waiting. Despite the lawsuit, the wait for an answer on fracking in New York will likely continue, and for those outside New York waiting to hear about the environmental and health effects of fracking, the wait may prove to be even longer, says Emily Pincow of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.
The D.C. Circuit recently upheld a district court's ruling that autologous stem cells are a medical procedure subject to regulation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under the Federal Drug and Cosmetic Act and Public Health and Safety Act. The decision will further embolden the FDA to regulate stem cell therapies, so industry would be well advised to prepare for greater regulatory scrutiny, says Stacie Ropka of Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP.
A recent decision by the Fourth Circuit holds — wrongly — that a debt collector violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act because its validation letter stated that the debtor could only dispute the debt in writing. However, since the U.S. Supreme Court has not resolved the circuit split on this issue yet, the safest approach for debt collectors with a multistate business is to use two separate validation notices, says John Culhane of Ballard Spahr LLP.
In the class action settlement administration industry, the payment method chosen by counsel can have a great impact on budgets, timelines and administrative burdens. While checks remain the dominant form of payment in the U.S., the landscape is changing, and offering alternative payment methods can reduce the amount of uncashed checks to ensure class members get their award in a convenient manner, says Tice O'Sullivan of Epiq Systems Inc.